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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Look at These Blue Sea Creatures That Popped Up at Ocean Beach

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM

That's the thing about Facebook — it let's you experience the beach even on days you're not lucky enough to go. Alas, we're guessing we were typing away at our desk when these blue beauties were spotted at Ocean Beach this week.

Lucky for us, a beach-goer snapped a photo for us to enjoy. Unsure what these animals could be, we inquired further, and experts at the Monterey Bay Aquarium confirmed that they are Velella, also known as "purple sails" or "sea rafts."The jelly-like creatures are known to flood California beaches in the springtime, not because they necessarily want to, but because they're really at the mercy of wind patterns (they have no locomotion). The upshot to that is they tend to be rather cosmopolitan, landing wherever the breeze takes them.

Welcome to San Francisco, guys.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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